Basements / Discussions

Spray Foam for basements, which of the different types are best environmentally?

...basements with spray foam is not uncommon , and in most cases works very well. A lot people like spray foam as an air barrier, a vapor barrier and for energy-ef...

Posted by Rose Adams Jan. 9, 2020, 9:33 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

How do you best use polyiso insulation in a basement?

...basements due to their resiliency when exposed to moisture, where Polyiso can be negatively affected by exposure to moisture and there is often a lot of that, o...

Posted by Iain Matheson Jan. 24, 2020, 7:45 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

My basement is smelly and humid, what can I do about that?

...basements are moldy and how to fix it It sounds like you do have problems caused by excess water infiltrating your basement walls, probably by capillarity, wh...

Posted by Jeff O. Feb. 8, 2017, 10:22 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 3 Responses

Should I install basement drain tile vents?

...basements are moldy - how to fix & prevent mold in homes We would love to help, and I think you could really stand for a second opinion before you move ahead,...

Posted by gary taube Dec. 11, 2019, 10:14 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 3 Responses

How do you prevent moisture from getting into a basement footing?

...basements: how to insulate your basement properly In there you will see a few different techniques for insulating basements, whether that is insulation on the...

Posted by Frank Liu June 24, 2020, 9:58 a.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

Can you Insulate a cinder block basement foundation with Rockwool?

...basements. Basements and basement walls work differently in summer and winter than walls exposed to air . Basement walls are always cold but touching earth ...

Posted by Victor B June 19, 2019, 11:41 p.m. Basements improvements 5 Responses

What is the best way to insulate rim joists with EPS and batts?

...basements have read about three methods using EPS & batt with slightly different orders. Plan to insulate concrete walls with 2" of EPS, with 2x4 framing (fille...

Posted by Steve J July 18, 2019, 3:53 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do I insulate my half below grade basement?

...basements at home, I'm finding it a learning curve in building science! The building is over 100 years old with a half below grade (fully cured!) concrete bas...

Posted by tom mckeand Oct. 14, 2019, 11:01 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do I waterproof a foundation from the inside?

...basements properly - How to insulate a basement and protect it against water damage and flooding Bulk water directed towards your foundation will also raise...

Posted by Kurt Brenner Nov. 14, 2017, 9:47 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

How should I insulate basement Walls in climate zone 5?

I live in climate zone 5 in USA and plan to frame basement walls roughly 3” away from concrete and then place mineral wool between the studs. I do not plan to ...

Posted by Chad Johnson March 25, 2019, 8:33 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do you fix a moisture problem in a finished basement?

...Basements Moldy? Preventing moisture when you insulate your basement Building better basements: how to insulate your basement properly New blowing agents ...

Posted by Margo MACFARLANE Oct. 28, 2019, 10:24 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

Are slab on grade foundations cheaper than a basement?

...basements properly is more expensive than the way most basements are built (ie: doomed to fail) so the problem off the bat is that most basement advocates are b...

Posted by Jason Nov. 21, 2019, 4:12 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

What insulation should I put on basement block walls that is resistant to mold?

Concrete block basement wall. Moisture issue in spring ( and I suspect fall). We get a lot of people asking about the best way to insulate a cinder block (CMU)...

Posted by Ken Gee July 31, 2019, 3:25 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

What type of green flooring is best for a basement floor?

We just had a rare flash flood which raised the water table and forced water into our basement between the floor and wall. It was a finished basement with carp...

Posted by Jeff Krohn Sept. 15, 2019, 5:52 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Can you install tubing under a slab on grade foundation to extract heat in winter?

Can tubing for a ground source heat pump be put under a slab on grade prefab form foundation kit to extract winter heat? We generally recommend people check wi...

Posted by Jennifer Cole Aug. 28, 2019, 11:34 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What are the factors I should consider for choosing between a slab on grade and basement?

...basements walls cannot dry to the exterior, so more caution must be taken in designing and building walls below grade. Also, basements flood, that’s just a part...

Posted by Shaun B April 2, 2019, 6:35 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

Are mice droppings and urine toxic?

...basements, as it is susceptible to moisture damage. EPS rigid foam boards or Rockwool would be a better alternative. Both are more suitable for potentially humi...

Posted by JT Nov. 14, 2017, 4:49 p.m. Pest control 1 Responses

How does a Passive House handle floods?

How would a “passive” or airtight house fare in a flood incident, either from inside (burst water tank) or from outside (like New Brunswick’s spring floods)? ...

Posted by Wendy Tsao May 7, 2018, 12:46 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses